Now that you’ve mastered the slip knot and chain stitch shown in my first “Crochet How-to’s” post, you’re ready to move on to learn the single crochet. This will open shiny new doors in your world of yarn.
Below is a link to a Naztazia video found on YouTube. Donna from Naztazia is absolutely awesome at explaining crochet basics and her videos are clear and precise. In this one, you will learn how to make a single crochet and if you’re persistent, the end result will be a fancy new dishcloth. The downside is that she recommends acrylic yarn which is absolutely ghastly. I’m sure she suggests this for the sake of practicing, but be aware: acrylic repels water and feels yucky when wet. Regardless, this is great practice before you start a “real” project.
If you want to try to make an authentic dishcloth that you can actually use (and one that will absorb water rather than fend it off), use a cotton yarn such as Lily Sugar & Cream or Peaches & Creme. You can find these brands at nearly any craft store that carries yarn (even Walmart carries a good selection of cotton yarn) and it’s really inexpensive. A standard skein of cotton yarn measures about 120 yards and costs roughly $2.00 each. These yarns are available in oodles of colors and the real beauty is that if you don’t see something that suits you in your local store, you can order all of these goodies online from numerous retailers.
Each skein will make around 2 dishcloths and quite frankly — before I actually made one, I heard other people brag that these little homemade numbers are THE BEST. Guess what? They’re right! When I reach into my kitchen drawer to grab a clean dish cloth, I always grab my fancy homemade ones because they are just so doggone splendid.
Below is a photo of a dishcloth I made. I used a double crochet when I made this one so a single crochet will look a bit different but you get the general idea. You can make the dishcloth as large or as small as you want to, depending on how long you make your foundation chain (that very first chain you make when starting your project). This particular dish cloth is 30 chains wide so if you were to use a single crochet to make yours, you would chain 31, then make your single crochet into the second chain from your hook. Each row would contain 30 single crochet stitches.Continue your project following the basic instructions in shown in the Naztazia video above. Repeat your rows until your satisfied with the overall dimension and voila! There you have it! A new dishcloth made with your own two hands, a ball of yarn, and a hook.
If you’ve made dishcloths, basic or not, do you have a favorite yarn that you’ve used? If you’ve given them as gifts, what have people said about them? When you use these, do you LOVE washing dishes?
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